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President Raines honored as “Woman of Achievement”

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 21:11


Photo courtesy of Lisa Cobb

Shirley Raines, first woman president of the University of Memphis, accepts the Woman of Achievement Award in October at the 32nd annual Women in Higher Education Awards in Tennessee.

Shirley Raines, the first female president of the 100-year-old University of Memphis, received a Woman of Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Women in Higher Education in Tennessee Conference.

To be considered, women have to be nominated by female students, faculty, staff or alumni of a higher education institution in Tennessee.

Raines, who is the 11th president of the U of M, was anonymously nominated for the award.

After WHET board members reviewed her nomination, she was chosen as the recipient and accepted it in October at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.

“The Woman of Achievement Award is given to a woman who shows a life pattern of excelling in higher education and mentoring women in higher education and just women in achievement,” Lisa Cobb, president of WHET, said.

Raines once hosted the Woman of Achievement Awards in March 2003 at the Holiday Inn at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

She became U of M president in July 2001, has authored 14 books and is a member of the board of directors for Conference USA.

Raines received her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin, her Masters of Science degree and Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and finished a Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“We were impressed and even inspired on how she has excelled in her career and has been a model for other women,” Cobb said.

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